April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about disparities within our health care system that continuously affect racial and ethical minority communities. The origin of National Minority Health Month started in 1915 as National Negro Health Week. Established by Booker T. Washington in hopes of increasing health care opportunities and care for the black population in America. Now, we use NMHM to build awareness on the disproportionate, untimely deaths and illnesses in minority populations and inspires actions through health education, early detection and controlling disease complications.
This year’s 2021 NMHM theme is #VaccineReady. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority communities and stresses the seriousness of vaccinating vulnerable communities as more vaccines become available. In bringing the pandemic to an end the COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool towards helping bring families, communities, schools, and workplace back together.
For ways you can get involved or to learn more visit here at: National Minority Health Month.